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France says confident Algeria's democratic transition can continue

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, speaks during a news conference with Heiko Maas, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, in New York, U.S., April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister said he was confident Algerians would continue their democratic transition in a “calm and responsible” way after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his resignation on Tuesday.

“This is an important page in the history of Algeria that turns,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement. “We are confident in the ability of all Algerians to continue this democratic transition in the same spirit of calm and responsibility.”

Reporting by John Irish, editing by G Crosse